ENGLISH PREMIERSHIP WEEK 16 ROUND UP
Everton 2 v 1 Arsenal
Everton came from behind against Arsenal to secure a first victory since October, the Gunners, who had won their previous three games, were rewarded for an impressive start as Alexis Sanchez’s free-kick deflected in off Ashley Williams, Everton equalised just before half-time when Seamus Coleman glanced home Leighton Baines’ quality cross, the Toffees, encouraged by a passionate crowd, dominated thereafter and Williams powered home a late header to complete the turnaround. Everton captain Phil Jagielka was sent off in the dying minutes for a second bookable offence and Arsenal had two shots cleared off the line in a frantic finale, but they could not prevent a first league defeat since their opening match of the season, leaving them three points behind leaders Chelsea, who have a game in hand, Everton, meanwhile, are up to seventh.
Bournemouth 1 v 0 Leicester City
After a magnificent performance against Man City last weekend, Leicester were back to their usual away form as they travelled to the South Coast, Bournemouth’s 1-0 victory moved to their highest league position in their history as Leicester’s miserable run away from home continued with defeat at Vitality Stadium, the champions paid for a lackluster first half, where they created clear openings for Jamie Vardy and Robert Huth, but could not take advantage, Bournemouth controlled possession with 70% of the ball before the break and Marc Pugh scored for the hosts on his first league start of the season with a controlled drive from 18 yards out, Leicester improved slightly in the second half but ran into a stubborn home defense and goalkeeper Artur Boruc produced a key save to deny Leonardo Ulloa from six yards in the final minute.
Click here for the goal – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-UsBSiXc3A
Middlesbrough 0 v 3 Liverpool
Liverpool appear to be pushing their claim for title contenders with an impressive display at Middlesbrough, Adam Lallana scored twice and created another goal to give Liverpool their most emphatic away Premier League win of the season in a dominant performance at Middlesbrough.
Sadio Mane wasted several opportunities but Lallana was clinical, first crossing slickly for Divock Origi to prod home a fine team goal, then side-footing in a pass from the Belgium striker for the third, the three-goal margin was enough to move Liverpool second, while Boro drop to 17th.
Click here for the goals – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ov-6ISotUvg
West Brom 3 v 1 Swansea City
Swansea were put to the sword, due to a defense that could not cope with handling crosses and could not deal with aerial combat. West Brom striker Soloman Rondon scored a hat trick of headers, basic and marking and heading practices will be dominating Swansea’s training today !!!
Salomon Rondon’s first Premier League hat-trick helped West Brom secure their third successive home league victory and plunge Swansea deeper into the depths of relegation, Rondon’s goals came in a devastating 13-minute period early in the second half and highlighted the defensive frailties which have contributed to Swansea’s poor season, victory for West Brom moves them to seventh, while Swansea remain in the relegation zone, three points from safety.
Tottenham 3 v 0 Hull City
I was at White Hart Lane, where Spurs beat relegation threatened Hull, without having to get into fourth gear, Christian Eriksen scored twice as the Danish international struck in either half as Spurs consolidated their grip on fifth place in the Premier League, Danny Rose set up Eriksen’s first work down the left, and Kyle Walker did likewise from the right to snuff out any hope of a Hull comeback after the break. Eriksen was desperately unlucky not to claim the match ball after seeing a superb free-kick tipped on to the post by Hull goalkeeper David Marshall, allowing Victor Wanyama to mop up the rebound from a couple of yards out.
Hull can have no complaints about the defeat but the one-sided final score was a tad unfair on the Tigers after they matched their hosts for long spells.
However, 35 goals conceded in 16 games is a damning statistic for the side second-bottom of the league – as is the fact they have now lost six away games in succession, equaling their top-flight record.
Stoke 0 v 0 Southampton
The bore draw of the week came at Stoke, where the fans were treated to a dismal display of football, with the only entertainment being the sending off of Marko Arnautovicwho saw red for a studs-up challenge in the 23rd minute. Saints substitute Jay Rodriguez missed the game’s best opening when he failed to make contact with Sofiane Boufal’s second-half low cross.
The point moves Southampton up to ninth, while Stoke stay in 12th.
Man City 2 v 0 Watford
Manchester City earned their first Premier League home win in almost three months as they battled past Watford at Etihad Stadium. The Blues took the lead when an unmarked Pablo Zabaleta calmly side-footed in Kevin de Bruyne’s cross, David Silva tucked in City’s second after an incisive counter attack.
Crystal Palace 1 v 2 Man United
Zlatan Ibrahimovic struck two minutes from time to give Manchester United a vital victory just as it appeared they had squandered another advantage at Crystal Palace, the 35-year-old Swede slid on to Paul Pogba’s pass to beat Wayne Hennessey from an acute angle after James McArthur’s 66th-minute strike seemed to have rescued a point for Palace, Pogba’s assist repaid Ibrahimovic for creating his opener in first-half stoppage time.
West Ham 1 v 0 Burnley
Mark Noble’s first-half strike earned West Ham their first Premier League win in seven games as they beat Burnley at London Stadium.
The Hammers took the lead in first half stoppage time when they won a spot-kick when Ben Mee brought down Winston Reid. Mark Noble duly stepped up and put the penalty away, victory lifted the Hammers four points clear of the relegation zone and up to 15th in the table.
My form continues to improve with seven correct results and one correct score.
My week 17 predictions follow :-
Crystal Palace 1 v 3 Chelsea
Middlesbrough 2 v 1 Swansea
Stoke 1 v 2 Leicester
Sunderland 2 v 1 Watford
West Ham 2 v 1 Hull
West Brom 1 v 2 Man United
Bournemouth 2 v 1 Southampton
Man City 1 v 2 Arsenal
Tottenham 3 v 1 Burnley
Have a good week